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How Do I Become a Certified Commercial Pesticide Applicator?

To become a Commercial Pesticide Applicator you must demonstrate that you are experienced and trained in pesticide use.
  • Apply to the Office of Pesticide Services to take the Commercial Pesticide Applicator Examination. You will be permitted to take the examination if you can demonstrate qualifications by:
    1. Having been a Virginia Registered Technician for at least one year; or
    2. Providing the Office of Pesticide Services with proof of sufficient education, training or experience in pesticide use.
  • Once you receive your authorization letter, there are three ways to take the Commercial Pesticide Applicator Examination:
    1. Take the exam on a touch-screen computer at your local Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) Customer Service Center.
    2. Take a written exam by appointment at a VDACS testing center. Contact the Office of Pesticide Services to schedule an appointment.
    3. Take the exam remotely via an online portal. Remote testing is currently hosted by Everblue and requires an additional online testing fee that is paid directly to Everblue. This is in addition to the application fee paid to the Office of Pesticide Services.

Additional information about the above testing options is available on the main Pesticides page under the heading Letters of Authorization and Certification Exams for Prospective Pesticide Applicators. To return to the main Pesticide page.

Commercial Applicators for Hire are not issued an active certificate unless they have, or work for someone who has, a valid Pesticide Business License.

Remember to maintain your certification by attending category-specific recertification session every two years. Visit the Maintaining Certification As A Pesticide Applicator webpage for additional information on training and maintaining certification.


Click here for Office of Pesticide Services contact information.

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